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Tokyo Area 2016 Chrysanthemum Festivals

Tokyo Area 2019 Chrysanthemum Festivals

Enjoy the clear and crisp skies of autumn to visit the top 10 chrysanthemum festivals in Tokyo. Although people typically associate cherry blossoms with Japan, the chrysanthemum has the richest association with Japan’s culture and history. To learn more about the cultural and historical links read this article. Tokyo Area …

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Gazone Studio, Shinagawa – 753 Portrait Photos

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Gazone Studio is a small studio located in the Osaki New City building in Shinagawa. They offer services from maternity to family portraits, and ceremonial to business photos. They also specialize in product photos, travel, wedding photography and commemorative photos. We made an appointment to celebrate and capture our kid`s 753 …

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10 Must Do Family Activities – Japan Autumn

Love the autumn in Japan so here our true and tested 10 Must Do Family Activities – Japan Autumn. Plan your September – November schedule to try to include as many of these as you can. I am sure you and your kids will not be disappointed. Bring on the …

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Why White Day? – March 14th

Do you know the interesting history of White Day? Just a fun bit of information to share this cold, tax month. Did you know that White Day began in 1978 in Japan, was started by a Marshmallow company,  and has now spread to South Korea, Taiwan, and China? Read below for more …

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Doll Delight by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insight

Doll Delight was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss, who is a long-term resident of Japan. Hinamatsuri is Thursday, March 3rd so study up and enjoy. Here is also a post with lost of info on how to celebrate Girls’ Day! Doll Delight – March in Japan means the …

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Best of Setsubun, February 3rd – Read, Go and Make!

We have curated the Best of Setsubun information for your education and amusement. Are you ready for Setsubun? It’s next Wednesday, February 3rd. There are so many great festivals, crafts and art associated with Setsubun. Below are some of the best inspirational and educational bits we could find!  We love …

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Tokyo Year End Fun 2015

If you are staying in Tokyo this holiday season, we hope you will enjoy our recommendations for Tokyo Year End Fun 2015. Although being away from your home country for the end of year holidays can be hard on the heart, there are great activities that make it quite fun …

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What is Sports Day? – October 12 Japan National Holiday

This weekend is a three-day holiday break due to Health and Sports Day (体育の日 Taiiku no hi), also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day on October 12. What is Sports Day? It is an annual national holiday in Japan celebrated the second Monday in October. Sports Day is a …

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Shichi-Go-San Celebrations – Tips, Shrines and Kimonos

November is the month of foliage in Japan, but also the month of  Shichi-Go-San Celebrations. Girls age 7 & 3 and boys 5 celebrate coming of age. November 15th is the actual date of 7-5-3, but families celebrate by dressing up the children and visiting shrines across Japan from the …

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Otsukimi Moon Viewing by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insights

A sign that autumn has arrived is the celebration of Otsukimi or moon viewing. Although not as popular as cherry blossoms and fall foliage moon viewing is a popular seasonal activity to enjoy in September and early October. The best date for 2017 will be Wednesday, october 4th if the …

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Obon, Days For the Departed by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insights

This Obon, Days For the Departed post was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss. She is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. From August 8 – 16th, 2015 Japanese families will celebrate Obon. Learn & Live!  Obon, Days For the Departed by Efrot Weiss  The centuries-old …

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The Story of Tanabata by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insight

This Story of Tanabata post written by my good friend Efrot Weiss. She is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. On July 7th celebrate Tanabata with your family. The story is about love and romance that takes place in the sky. Make a wish and may …

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June Rain by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insight

June Rain was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss, who is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. Are you a lover or hater of June rain? If you have any recommendations to help people enjoy the rainy season please comment below. June Rain by Efrot Weiss Early …

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Cultural Insight – June Rain by Efrot Weiss

June Rain was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss, who is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. Are you a lover or hater of June rain? If you have any recommendations to help people enjoy the rainy season please comment below. June Rain by Efrot Weiss Early …

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Cultural Insight – Gogatsubyo or May Sickness by Efrot Weiss

Dear Curious and Creative, Gogatsubyo or May Sickness was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss, who is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. Do you know someone who has gogatsubyo or May sickness? How can you improve or help? Gogatsubyo or May Sickness by Efrot …

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Setsubun February 3rd by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insight

Though it may not feel like it outside, the lunar calendar says winter is over and it’s time to celebrate the arrival of spring with Setsubun festivities. Setsubun February 3rd Come February 3, many parents throughout Japan will don demon masks and allow their children to pelt them with dried …

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Great Hanshin Earthquake – In memory

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin earthquake. Please take a moment to remember the over 6,000 people who lost their lives. The earthquake took place at 5:46 a.m. as most people were asleep in their homes. Your chance of survival during, and comfort afterwards can be improved …

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2015 Calendars – Have you bought yours?

Have you purchased your 2015 calendars? In our house, we have the family master calendar, and one for each kid’s room, and mom and dad. The calendars I buy must have Japanese holidays well highlighted! However, we also use Cozi.com, which is a great app for tracking all family member …

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Christmas in Japan by Efrot Weiss

Christmas in Japan by Efrot Weiss.  Efrot is long term Japan resident and good friend who writes a monthly column for the Tokyo American Club (TAC) Intouch Magazine. BestLivingJapan will be sharing Efrot’s articles about Japan & Intl cultural difference throughout 2015. Thank you Efrot and TAC! Christmas in Japan …

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English Speaking Photographers in Tokyo

Looking for great English speaking photographers in Tokyo, Japan? Our first few years in Japan, we took our photos but as the number of children increased we decided the job was beyond us and have outsourced the annual ritual. I have used Kerry at Keyshots, but all of the photographers …

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Summer Festivals 2014

Take time to visit some of the many summer dance festivals taking place all over the city. Shinjuku Eisa (Okinawan Dance) Festival Date: July 27 Time: 12pm – 8pm http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/ Location Map: http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/ Jiyuugaoka Bon Odori Date: July 31 – August 3 Time: 6pm – 9pm http://www.jiyugaoka-abc.com/event/bonodori2013.html Location: Jiyuugaoka Station   …

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